Are you writer? This article will show you how to make money writing.
It doesn’t matter on what, is it health? Tech? Law? Reviews? Novels? Articles? Make-up? Fashion? Etc.
As long as you can write unique article, then this post is for you.
You may ask,
CAN ONE REALLY MAKE MONEY WRITING
Yes of course, it’s not a scam, you can make a decent amount of money by writing online.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO START EARNING AS A WRITER?
It’s a gradual process.
It requires patience, perseverance and hard work to make it.
So if you are looking for a get-rich quick schemes you are in the wrong place.
HOW MUCH WILL I EARN ?
It depends on how seriously you take it.
So no fixed amount dear, one can be making above $100, $50, $20, $10 or even $0 monthly, it just depends on you, your efforts and hard work toward it.
DOES IT REQUIRE AN INVESTMENT?
Depending on how you want it, it may and may not require investment.
You can start it with $0 investment if you so wish.
This will be explained in depth inside this article.
CAN I COPY AND PASTE?
You will understand the reason why if you keep reading this article.
But just know that you have to be the real author of your articles, copy and paste won’t work.
HOW CAN I START IT THEN?
We just reach the stage.
But before I unleash to you my well researched ways to earn income as an online writer, lets have a look at these important requirements:
– BE A GOOD WRITER
You just won’t write any jargon and expect people to read it.
A good writer need to learn how to write a compelling article, essay or story that will thrill your readers and make them yearn for more.
To learn more, you can read HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST, it explained how to write a compelling article your readers will love.
– INVEST YOUR TIME
As I told you earlier, your success in writing depends on how seriously you take it.
You need to invest as much time as it need if you really want to Excel.
Now THE GUIDE
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HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS A WRITER
This article is detailed and in-depth, as it will teach you from the basics; how to write, what to write, when to write and everything you need to know before you start earning as a writer.
It also contain links to other articles on this blog and other websites, as this article alone cannot contain all the information required.
For better understanding and easy reading, I divide this article into three (3) phases namely:
PHASE ONE : GETTING STARTED
PHASE TWO: WHAT TO WRITE
PHASE THREE : HOW TO EARN FROM YOUR WRITINGS
PHASE ONE: GETTING STARTED
WHY YOU SHOULD START WRITING?
Writing is a lucrative business one can stick to.
It gives you the freedom to start making money online from the comfort of your home, with little to no investment.
All you need is a computer or a smartphone.
Another reason why you should start writing is you are your own boss, you will work when you wish and wherever you want.
There is no limit to what you can earn as I stated earlier, as long as you take it seriously you will earn huge.
TOOLS TO USE
There are many tools to use while creating your article, these include:
– MICROSOFT OFFICE WORD
You can use this to write your documents, it is available for both desktop and Android.
It is easy to use, comes with tons of features, and most important thing is that it is free.
Is an Android application that help you create a document.
It is only available as an Android app.
It is also easy to use and available for free.
– OFFICE SUIT
Just WPS, OFFICESUIT is also an Android app that help you create a document for free.
It is also available as an Android app.
WHY YOU SHOULD CREATE UNIQUE CONTENTS
It is widely believed that in content marketing CONTENT IS THE KING.
The uniqueness of your article is what makes you different from others.
If you take Blogging as an example, every blogger wants his articles to rank well, but Google won’t rank a copied or plagiarized contents.
So copy and paste will only kill your career as a writer, none will willingly buy any book from you or read your articles since they know it’s not original.
Your readers will prefer to go to the original source.
So stay away from copy and paste.
PHASE TWO: HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR WRITINGS
The truth is you don’t expect your article to sell itself, but rather you strive hard to drive more sales.
Creating a unique and compelling article is just the first step which is definitely not enough, you need to promote it.
There are many ways which you can use to promote your eBooks and articles.
These ways can be free or paid.
Below are some ways through which you can promote your articles to reach huge audience and drive more sales.
– PROMOTE IT ON FACEBOOK
There is no doubt that Facebook as a social network is a great place to promote your articles.
You can promote your articles on Facebook by:
– SHARING IT ON YOUR TIMELINE
You can promote your articles on your timeline for free.
Telling your friends that you created an article an article they may like, tag some of your friends that you think nay be interested to read the article and then publish it.
– CREATE A FACEBOOK GROUP
You can also create a group purposely for promoting your articles.
You add all those friends you think may be interested in your articles and then start sharing.
As long as you made your group public, other users can join your group if their see search query matches your group.
– CREATE A FACEBOOK PAGE
You need a Facebook page.
It helps you build a brand, as it will let your loyal readers come frequently to see your frequent updates.
– PROMOTE IT WITH PAID ADVERTISEMENT
Facebook now advertise your products to reach wide audience for a fee.
You can give Facebook ads s try.
– USE PINTEREST
Pinterest is a great way through which you can promote your article.
And the good news is Pinterest is free, give it a try.
– USE SOCIAL NETWORKS
There are other social networks just like Facebook that let you promote your articles for free.
Some of them are:
– BE ACTIVE IN Q & A WEBSITES
Q & A websites are great platforms to promote your articles.
You first have to be active, answer people’s questions, this is what Will Make them develop a trust on you.
So when you refer them to your books they will definitely buy it.
Quora is a good example of Q & A websites.
– BE ACTIVE IN FORUMS
Any way to promote your articles is by being an active member in a forum.
What I mean by being active is you help others with solutions when they got problems, you provide freebies, just let the forum users know you exist and that you are s professional writer, make connections, build trust, then you can start promoting your articles.
– TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
You can also let your friends know that you created an article.
It is likely that they may decide to take a look at what their friend or brother have written.
ON WHAT TO WRITE
On what you will focus writings really matters.
You need to make an in-depth research before concluding.
What to take into consideration:
a) KNOW YOUR NICHE OF EXPERTISE
Know the field you master, reason is you will never lack what to write.
But once you don’t have any experience on a niche and you insist on writing about it, you know the outcome, you will get no more than blank papers.
So make sure you have knowledge and experience on what you are writing, and if you don’t and really want to write about it for some reasons, then you should make a research, learn it, understand it before you write your own articles about it.
b) KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Just think how awful it will be when you write on HEALTH TIPS and your audience prefer TECH, the outcome is you won’t get any profit, because they won’t buy it.
So, another important thing to note before writing is what your audience want, try to build audience that are interested in what you write.
c) KNOW YOUR PASSION
It’s good writing on what you love.
The truth is, you won’t get tired or bored, since you are doing your hobby.
So to brief it, you should find a niche of your expertise, that is less competitive, and you have passion to write about it.
PHASE THREE : HOW TO EARN FROM YOUR WRITINGS
There are many ways through which you can earn money from your writings, as long as it is qualitative and comprehensive.
But I keep repeating, this isn’t a get rich quick.
You can’t just write article today and expect a huge revenue tomorrow as a newbie.
You need to be patient, and hardworking, it is a gradual process.
Ways through which your articles or eBooks can be monetized include:
The truth is, if you have passion for writing, and want to earn from it, why not start blogging?!
By creating your own blog, you are creating a brand, and having a freedom of writing whatever you want.
By starting a blog, you will get various ways through which you can monetize your contents.
Some of which are:
You can place advertisements as a publisher from refutable advertising networks in your blog for revenue.
Example of these advertising networks are: AdSense, mediatech, ngadverts etc.
You can start your blog for free, without any investment using blogspot platform or WordPress.com, or start a professional blog using the self hosted WordPress with little investment.
This website is an example of blog, another example of blog is Mitrobe
You can also read HOW TO CREATE A BLOG
There is one mistake young bloggers are making, they feel they can just start up a blog and make money, like it a trading business
You have to understand blogging is not a sole body business, you are not the rightful owner of your blog, your audience is technically. No audience no blog.
The moment you think you can make it with your blog alone, then farewell to your journey of no end.
Learn and partner from Influencer bloggers and you will see the income stream you will get.
Partnering with top bloggers and other bloggers won’t just expose your blog, you will also partake in their grace.
Quoted from Mitrobe A Business Guide from the business blogger
Blogging is a long term business, you need to first invest your time, your money, write qualitative articles, work on your SEO and other things before you start earning.
So regard Blogging as a business not as a quick way to earn money.
If seriously taken, blogging can be a full time job which you can use to earn a living, NEILPATEL, Harsh and LindaIkeji are some prominent bloggers.
USING AFFILIATE MARKETING
This involves promoting someone else’s products, and you will get a commission for every sale from your referral link.
Depending on the platform you use, you may get 10 – 50% commission of sales you got on the products you promote.
This is really a lucrative business if you have readers that are interested to buy the product you are promoting.
You can check out:
Or Google for more affiliate marketing platforms
You can read more about affiliate marketing in my recent article.
You can sell courses directly on your blog.You create a course that you think readers may like.
Udemy is a great platform to sell your courses.
These are just some of the ways I listed in my recent article HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR BLOG, and to know if your blog is ready for AdSense check ELIGIBILITY TEST-KNOW IF YOUR BLOG IS READY FOR ADSENSE to know when to apply for AdSense monetization platform, you can read more there.
START SELLING E-BOOKS
Selling e-books is one of the lucrative businesses that rocks.
As a writer, you can opt for it and start earning.
You can either sell your eBook directly through your website or by using third party websites.
HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK
The first most important question is CAN YOU WRITE?
If no then learn first, and if yes then you are good to go.
Incase if your writing is bad don’t panic, below are some tools that will help improve your writing:
Grammarly is an advanced, full-featured grammar and spell checker that integrates with almost anything you write online.
Typing on any text editor field in WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, or email activates the tool by underlining any error(s) in real time.
It is another software that’ll help you if you get stuck on a word and don’t want to leave your browser or skim through synonyms.
If you type using Twinword Writer, it’ll automatically sense if you pause because you’re stuck on a word, then, it’ll analyze the context of your writing and open a box suggesting alternate words you can use.
TOOLS TO CREATE YOUR EBOOK
Whether you are using a desktop or Android phone, there are some tools that you can use to create an eBook for free.
Is a free tool which you can use to create a PDF.
The app gives you the ability to create a PDF from scratch or convert Ms word documents, or pictures into PDF file.
Other apps are:
WHERE TO SELL YOUR E-BOOK
After done creating you upr e-book, the next step is to sell it, below are some websites where you can sell your e-books.
– SELL IT ON AMAZON KINDLE
It’s one of the best ways to make money as a writer.
You write an eBook and publish it on Amazon using the steps below:
To sell books on Amazon, you need to have a SALE ACCOUNT, you can sign up for sale account using the above link.
After successful registration, you will then list your writings, set a price, promote it on your social networks and start earning.
As an author, you can earn between 35% and 70% royalty for your eBooks sold on the Amazon platform, depending on your location and pricing structure I believe.
Amazon is such a massive and extremely popular platform, it’s probably the most likely place for blog writers, authors, and entrepreneurs to want to sell their eBooks on.
Other places to sell your e-books include:
Fiverr is probably one of the most popular places on the web to sell any type of digital product or service.
The site is a great platform to launch your eBook on
Payhip is not just an e-book publishing platform, but you can also earn commission by referring other publishers.
You can also create affiliates and get other bloggers and marketers to promote and sell your eBooks for you, whilst they earn a commission for themselves.
Start using Payhip
Selz is much more than just a place to host and sell your eBooks on. The site provides authors with a complete e-commerce solution, plus marketing tools and resources.
Blurb is a complete eBook creation, promotion, and selling platform.
You can sell on their own platform, the Amazon or Barnes & Noble platform, and the Apple iBooks Store.
The site has some really cool software features you can use to create and style your eBooks before promoting it and selling it to your target audience.
You can also create quality printed books and magazines using Blurb, if you wish.
– SELL IT ON YOUR OWN WEBSITE
You can create a website where you sell your eBooks.
If you are not an expert in web design and development you can hire an expert.
One good thing of selling your eBooks on your website is that you are the boss, you don’t need to worry about the commission third party websites may charge you.
And apart from selling your eBooks, you can as well monetize the website to earn more revenue.
Another way through which you can earn money by writing is by freelancing.
Freelancing involves getting yourself hired by others to work for them, and they will pay you.
There are so many people that may want contents on their websites or blogs but couldn’t write, due to their tight schedules, or other reasons, so they will hire a freelancer for that.
To start your career as a freelancer, you need to join some freelancing sites.
Some of the best are :
You can Google for more.
After you successfully registered with any freelancing site as a freelancer, you will then search for jobs that suite you, start applying, wait to be accepted and start earning.
This involves getting yourself hired by a website owner to create contents for his blog or eBooks.
He will pay you for the job and then make the article his own, upload it on his blog as the author, or sell the eBook.
The above listed are just few out of the tons of ways through which you can earn decent income as a writer.
Choose any that suits you, write Stunning eBooks /articles, promote it, and start earning.
But the truth is, you can’t start earning overnight, you need to be patient and hard-working.
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Abdullahi Ismail Abdullahi is a Nigerian based blogger and passionate about finding solutions and providing support and guide to new bloggers worldwide